Brazos Bend State Park also known as the Bend to many local Houston wildlife enthusiasts is a great place for those interested in bird watching within a reasonable distance from our concrete jungle. It is also a great excuse to bust out your long glass and see what is hidden in the trees. Yesterday, I had took the opportunity to relax with my camera down at the bend and was rewarded with some great images. Many local photography clubs frequent the bend during different times of the year depending on the bird activity. Yesterday was probably one of the lowest days of activity I saw around 40 acer lake, but nun the less it was still a good day. Below are just a few of the shots I was able to get including my very first Woodpecker. Enjoy.
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Well… for those of you like me who live in the south I think we can finally say that Winter has poked her head through the clouds and blessed us with beautiful northern air. Here in Southeast Texas we are enjoying beautiful chilly nights with wonderful clear sky’s and chilly weather. There is a plus to all this cold tho, and that is it’s the best time for Macro Photography!
Macro Photography is a style of photography that requires patients and a good eye for little crawly dudes. Macro photography can be done with any lens that has a macro setting but a dedicated macro lens is usually better as if allows a closer focusing range and also most are over 100mm in focal range. Personally I own the Canon EOS 100mm f/2.8L IS USM and find it to be razor sharp and the IS gives me at least 2-3 stops of image stabilization. I would recommend anything in the 100mm+ range for a macro lens as it lets you stay far enough away from the subject but still let you get close in and fill the frame even on a full frame camera. But what does this all have to do with being cold, being a good thing?
Well the reason it’s great to do macro photography when it’s cold is b/c bugs and other little crawly things don’t move very well in the cold. What does this mean for photographers, well… it means that you have a little more time to compose your shot, and also you don’t have to worry as much about the bug fleeing from the image before you can snap the shot.
So, strap on your jacks and gloves, grab your camera, find a lens that will work (any lens will work really), and get out there and find those little creepy crawlers and see how photogenic they are.
So this past weekend (Sunday) a friend of mine and her visiting cousin took a trip to Brazos Bend State Park. The park is located off FM 762 about 30 min south of Sugar Land or an hour south of Cypress (where I hold up). So we took off early about 6am as to get there when the park opened at 7am and to try and beat some of the heat (ya didn’t happen there). This park is a great place to visit to take pictures of birds and alligators, however, I strongly believe that the activity this late in the summer is lacking compared to the spring migration time (March/ April). There was still some birds on the water to photograph and I have included a few examples below but overall it was a lacking day.
So, if you wanna photograph birds and are in the Houston area, Brazos Bend State Park is a great place to start. The best times are when the park first opens (or before if you have a pass and on the early guest list) or about an hour or so before sunset. These seem the best times and when birds are most active. If you are into macro and like taking pictures of the little crawlers, there are great fields to wade through. Bugs seem to be best to photograph in the morning or on cool days as they don’t move as quick.
So go check it out and be sure to bring your camera. It’s a great place to go to get out of the city and easily a day or 1/2 day or even less of a trip from Houston.
You can find my full collection of Brazos Bend State Park photos on my site or by clicking HERE. You can also order unmarked prints if interested through my site as well. Enjoy cheers.
As a photographer we always find ourselves behind the viewfinder and never really in front of the lens. One of the hardest things for a photographer (at least in my case) is to take or even accept a picture of ourselves being taken. This leads to some interesting things.
We have loads of photographs of other people from all over the world or where ever we have been. Thousands upon thousands of files that have nothing to due with the person take the photo. There’s why it’s always fun to stand back and take a photo of a photographer working, trying to capture that moment and freeze it in time. When out and about photographers can be seen doing all kinds of crazy things just trying and looking for that perfect spot to capture the beauty of the world around them.
A while ago (couple months) I went out to the Bolivar Flats with another photographer to shoot the birds along the coast line. Little did I know that wail crawling along the ground trying to sneak up on some birds to photographer I was actually the subject of a photograph. I always do enjoy these as you really get a since in what a photographer will really do just to get that one image. I know I have done some crazy things.